Live, from Peoria, Illinois, it’s Saturday Night starring this week’s host, The Friendly Valley Tavern with a special tribute to Truby!
Now please welcome this week’s host, Peoria’s only Quonset Hut Tavern, The Friendly Valley Tavern!
I found out a couple of weeks ago that Truby, who was the beloved bartender at the Friendly Valley Tavern had died. They’re having a tribute for her tonight and I wanted to attend and pay my respects.
I decided to bring some food so I stopped in at Kenny’s Westside Pub and got a beer from Jamie behind the bar and some food to go.
And now we’re off to…
The Friendly Valley Tavern!
This is one of Peoria’s oldest taverns and the only Quonset Hut tavern in Peoria and possibly in the country! It’s been standing tall here since 1947.
Let’s go inside and see what’s going on in here.
As you can see, it’s a full house in here tonight! I squeezed in at the end of the bar and…
Promptly got served a beer by Matt and snapped a photo of him and two of the smiling faces at the bar.
As you can see, other people brought food too and there was a buffet on top of the pool table.
I added two flatbread pizzas and chicken wings from Kenny’s. The food was delicious!
Here’s more smiling faces at the bar and I went out to the beer garden in the back and saw my old friend Skully, who’s a regular here. Great to see him again!
I took a few more photos inside and as I snapped a few behind the bar I saw this poster and remembered that tonight was a tribute to Truby, the legendary bartender in here.
Here’s Truby’s signature beer koozie that’s been framed and sits behind the bar in honor of her.
There was a nice display of photos of Truby and friends on this table opposite the bar.
The last photo here is one I took for the MBIP blog of Truby and Skully holding up their beers in their respective koozies. Here’s a link to that post from August of 2014.
As the night wore on the bar emptied out and I took a photo of Truby on the wall and in the back of the bar on a chalkboard was one final tribute to her.
Cheers to Truby, you’ll be missed but always remembered at the Friendly Valley and beyond.